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1. Anyone Can Make Quality Animated Films! (The Eight Basic Steps to Success)

Half-Day, Sunday, 31 July, 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Hall A
Level: Intermediate

Whether the film is one minute or one hour, there are simple basic steps to producing any animated film. This course explains how anyone with a little talent can apply industry-standard techniques to create polished, professional, commercial animated films. All the basic techniques, from developing the initial concept to compositing the final release print, are summarized and discussed. Comprehensive handouts guide attendees through the process.


Basic knowledge of 2D and 3D animation techniques, Photoshop, and Premiere or AfterEffects or Final Cut Pro.

Intended Audience

People who want to create their own complete animated films.


Eric Van Hamersveld
The Art Institute of California - San Diego

Bob Hanon
The Art Institute of California - San Diego


Debra Miller
The Art Institute of California - San Diego


8:30 Introduction
8:45 - 12:15 Step 1: Story & Script
Step 2: Developing the Style
Step 3: Storyboarding
Step 4: Recording Voices
Step 5: Layouts & Backgrounds/Environments
Step 6: Animation
Step 7: Compositing
Step 8: Release Prints
Van Hamersveld, Hanon and Miller